Published on August 18, 2010 by Cocorioko News · 10 Comments
Anybody who has been following up the commentaries and analyses in Sierra Leone’s online and print newspapers can definitely agree with those fearing that the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) is not planning to accept defeat in the Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2012.
Just read the SLPP newspapers and listen to the comments of the main cast of the SLPP Propaganda machinery online and around the nation.You can hear it distinctly .You can see what they are getting at in your mind’s eye. The SLPP is not only desperate to return to power in 2012 but nothing other than victory for them will be accepted by the party when the elections results are announced .As a consequence of this resolve, if they get beaten fairly in 2012 they will not accept the defeat. For the SLPP, it is victory in 2012 or nothing, fair or foul . That is why they have started off by trying to destroy the credibility of the UN Secretary General ‘s Special Representative in Sierra Leone, Mr. Michael Von Shullenberg, the UN itself and the internationally -respected Elections Commissioner, Dr. Christiana Thorpe. The SLPP is cunningly disguising its plan by pretending that come what may the Sierra Leonean people will vote them back to power in 2012. They know the people won’t.
What any sensible person can see is that the SLPP is planning to return to power through a familiar route —through a carefully planned and contrived plot to provoke spectacular chaos in the country that will prompt the intervention of the International Community . With the International Community desiring to see peace in Sierra Leone , the SLPP believes that the comity of nations will advocate for a coalition government to break any impasse they might create , or if they get carried away by the SLPP subterfuge, the International Community might promote a regime change. Sierra Leeoneans must not forget. SLPP partisans are not only bad losers . They have that deceptive and cunning knack to create chaos, exploit it to generate sympathy and deflect blame for whatever chaos they wreck to the opposing side.
Take a close look at 1967. But for the valiant efforts of gallant soldiers like Majors Charles Blake, S.B. Jumu and Bockarie Kai-Samba , the SLPP would have cunningly subverted the verdict of the people of Sierra Leone . Realizing that the All People’s Congress ( APC ) , led by the then heavyweights Siaka Stevens, S.I. Koroma, C.A. Camara-Taylor, Ibrahim Bash-Taqi , Mohamed Bash-Taqi, Bangalie Mansaray, S.A.T Koroma, S.I Kanu etc.etc. had clearly won the General Elections , the SLPP cleverly connived with the Force Commander of the Sierra Leone Army, Brig. David Lansana , to seize power . The excuse they cleverly tried to make the army use was that tribal passions had become so uncontrollable that the soldiers , the so-called custodians of the state, were compelled to take control of the country to stop her from plunging into Civil War. You know that in those days because Sierra Leoneans had not tasted war, there was nothing they feared more than war.The average Sierra Leonean would run home and hide under his bed at the sound of a gun. The people would have been taken in to Brig. Lansana’s lies that he took over to save the country from going to war.
This coup would have then benefitted the SLPP in many ways. Firstly, it would have prevented their nemesis, the APC, from deservingly coming to power. Secondly, because Brig. Lansana was the brother-in-law of the Prime Minister ,Sir Albert Margai, a puppet army government that owed its allegiance to the SLPP would have held on to power during which time it would have framed and incarcerated all the key players of the APC or executed them as the other pro-SLPP military junta, the NPRC , did to Bambay Kamara, Kawuta Dumbuya, Salami Coker and others. Then it would have called for fresh elections which the SLPP would have then easily won and returned to power.That was the SLPP’s script in 1967 , but thankfully, the young majors smelt the rat and moved swiftly to stage a counter-coup against Lansana even before he started executing the plan.
Take another close look at another year , 1992. The SLPP succeeded this time. SLPP operatives John Benjamin, Maada Bio , Tom Nyuma, S. A. J Musa, Komba Kambo and others instigated a military coup against the then APC Government led by the late President Joseph Momoh. They preferred not to wait for the ballot box, even though the former President had impressively laid the groundwork for a return to multi-party democracy, with political parties being formed and over 100 newspapers operating in the country. They used the excuse that the government was not prosecuting the war against the rebels and had in fact failed to provide them arms and logistics. As soon as the army took over, SLPP print dresses with the photos of Sir Milton Margai and the SLPP emblem started to be sold all over the country. It was a sign that the next goovernment after the soldiers would be the SLPP. The NPRC Coup was a pro-SLPP coup. That was why the soldiers framed and executed top APC operatives like Bambay Kamara and others. As we have now seen, most of the major players in the army putsch that sent the old APC Government packing are now key SLPP functionaries and two of them–Maada Bio (Who overthrew the substantive coup-leader Valentine Strasser because he was not going according to the script ) and John Benjamin are going to vie for the Presidency under the SLPP banner ( Don’t be fooled by Benjamin’s denials: It is all a political gimmick ) . As Head of State ,Maada Bio contrived to rig the 1996 General Elections on behalf of the SLPP, cheating the octogenarian politician, Dr. John Karefa-Smart ,who was the real winner, and handing power to SLPP’s Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
Any sensible person who studies 1967, 1992 and 1996 well will not need anybody to expose how the SLPP plans to return to power in 2012. All the foolish and asanine claims in pro-SLPP newspapers that President Koroma is only outdooring SLPP projects; all the silly complaints that Christiana Thorpe cheated the SLPP in the 2007 elections ( Though the international community and international elections obsevers and Sierra Leoneans saw it differently as perhaps the best and most free and fair elections ever staged in Africa ) ; all the failed attempts to provoke President Koroma to react to all the undeserved defamation and character-assassination as well as prying into his marriage so that when he takes action he will be demonized; all the crazy slogans about Sharp 12 2012 back to power ; all the insane claims about Christiana Thorpe not being accepted to serve a second time as Elections Commissioner; all those unproved allegations about APC activists raping women at SLPP party headquarters, all the propaganda, all the ‘waving of the bloody shirt’ and false complaints about thuggery and nonsensical accusations all have a common design—To fracture, disunite, outrage, confuse and polarise the society in preparation for 2012 , when after President Koroma would have beaten their candidate, the SLPP will refuse to accept defeat , stir public disorder , loot and burn cities , kill innocent people and force the international community to intervene. Because of new concepts in the International Community , like R2P (Responsibility of states to protect people within their borders ) ,the SLPP knows that when they accomplish their goal to create chaos, bedlam and mayhem , with attendant killings of innocent people, the government will come in for chastening from the International Community. The International Community will accuse the government that it did not protect the people. This will be to the liking of the SLPP,who will then exploit it to force a government of national unity that they will further exploit to eventually return to power.
This is why some of us are kindly appealing to the government not to overreact to any provocation from the opposition . It is all a plan to provoke the government to act so that when it does the SLPP provocateurs can turn around and say to the people with cynical alacrity : “Didn’t we tell you so ? Didn’t we say they were undemocratic and dictatorial ? Are these the people you want to vote back in power in 2012 ? ”. The government must go all out to avoid playing itself into the hands of the devious game plan of the SLPP. In life, we must learn to ignore our detractors. WHEN WE DON’T, WE PROVIDE THEM A PLATFORM TO TAKE CHARGE, ENJOY THE SPOTLIGHT AND DICTATE PROCEEDINGS.